Flashback: NY Times Lied That Hamas Had Been Firing Rockets at Israel

Flashback: NY Times Lied That Hamas Had Been Firing Rockets at Israel

Islamic Jihad militants prepare to fire homemade rockets into Israel on the outskirts of Gaza City, January 2, 2009 (Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/CC BY-SA 2.0)

The New York Times claimed that, until the Great Return March demonstrations began in Gaza, Hamas had been firing “a fairly steady tempo” of rockets at Israel. In fact, it had been firing none.

by Jeremy R. Hammond, Reposted from Foreign Policy Journal, Apr 19, 2018

On March 30, fourteen peaceful demonstrators were killed and hundreds wounded when Israeli soldiers fired across the border fence at unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.

The day of the crime, New York Times reported that, although the protests were “billed as the start of a peaceful, six-week sit-in”, Palestinian protesters had “quickly turned violent”. The Times added, “But as some began hurling stones, tossing Molotov cocktails and rolling burning tires at the fence, the Israelis responded with tear gas and gunfire.”

Three days later, the editorial board of the Times acknowledged that the claim that Palestinians were “hurling stones, tossing Molotov cocktails and rolling burning tires at the fence” was the “Israeli version of events”.

In other words, the Times tacitly acknowledged that it had presented the Israeli propaganda version — in which the violence was instigated by the Palestinians — as though truthful.

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